Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Two Ways to Make Shaker Cards - Traditional and Tulle


Hi Everyone! Hope you're making it through Hump Day! If you feel like you could use some words of encouragement then you're in the right place. Today's project is a set of clean and simple cards featuring some of the 35 available dies in May's Expressions Plus word release. 


When I saw these dies, I immediately knew I would use the negative space of the words as windows for shaker boxes. In the video I show the traditional shaker box created by making a well for the shaker confetti with foam tape and covering it with an acetate window. The second method uses tulle to create both the window and the pocket to hold the shaker confetti. I'm a big fan of using tulle! It's much quicker, doesn't add additional bulk to your card and doesn't allow the shaker bits to gather at the bottom of the window. The size of the new Expressions Plus dies worked perfectly for either shaker method.

Check out the card set featuring the new Expressions Plus Dies by clicking below:



If you'd like to see more of the Expressions Plus die release, click on the YouTube video link below. See how these new dies compare to the older Expressions dies, ideas on using the two styles together and other thoughts to jump start your crafting imagination.




Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

- Janet


Dies used in this project:


Card Recipe:
CottageCutz Expressions Plus Dies Used:
friends, happy, thanks, family, wish, grateful

Card base: A2 (4.25" x 5.5" when folded)
Front card panel: 3.75" x 5.5"
Various party table confetti from Walmart:
balloons, stars, discs
Sequins from my stash
white tulle, glitter patterned tulle
3M foam tape
Scotch ATG adhesive
Tear It adhesive tape
Scotch Quick Dry liquid adhesive
Cuttlebug embossing folders (bee hive and flower patterns)
Office Depot Color Inkjet Transparencies

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Colorful Collage Mother's Day Card

Happy Mother's Day! It's my day to post for CottageCutz dies. In honor of Mother's Day I present a colorful card featuring one of the CottageCutz Baby release dies called, Elephants on Parade. I also used the Oval Doily & Frame, Stitched Oval Set, and the Double-Stitched Rectangle Set to make this card. Find all the new baby release dies here.

Card Front
Inside of Card

 I had a ball playing on the idea that in the Indian culture, elephants are honored and revered, just like our Moms are. Although this card focuses on Mother's Day, it could easily be changed into a birthday card too. I've included all the dimensions and supplies needed for this card in the video description.



I hope you have a most wonderful Sunday and for all the Mom's out there, have a happy Mother's Day. It's your day. Enjoy it!

- Janet





Saturday, May 6, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Cards

Happy Saturday everyone! Earlier this week, I was challenged with mass producing six cards for my son's teachers. In our district it was Teacher Appreciation week. I'm not sure if that's a national week or if each district chooses their own week but in any case, I want to share with you a teacher thank you card set that worked well for the occasion.


These were relatively easy to put together and it took me about an hour once I figured out what to do. These are 4-Bar sized cards (3.5" x 4 7/8") so they are a little smaller than A2. Part of the reason I chose that size was so that it was a little less work to prepare the card front backgrounds but it was still big enough to fit a Target gift card inside.

For the card front, I cut six pieces of white card stock at 3 1/4" x 4 5/8". Next, I used Tim Holtz Distress ink in four colors by applying Salty Ocean first, then Mustard Seed, then Spiced Marmalade and finally Worn Lipstick. When I applied the Mustard Seed over the Salty Ocean, it created the greenish range you see between the blue and yellow. Once I finished blending the colors over each other, I stamped the school house on each one. Once everything was dry, I sprinkled water droplets over the top. Water and distress ink interact with each other and it lightens all the areas where water touched the ink for a cool effect.


The "Thanks" sentiment is from CottageCutz and I cut six of them out of black card stock and adhered one above each school house image. The final step was spritzing Pewter Shimmer Mist from Tsukineko over each card. I love this mist and it gave the whole background a pretty shimmer.

I completed the cards by stamping, "A+ Well Done" on the inside of the card. All the stamps come from a Close To My Heart set called, School Rocks. This is a retired set but is still available from online sellers per my check as I was writing this. I've used this set a lot as it has some super cute school images in it.


Well, that does it for me today. If you have any questions, just leave me a comment. Don't forget that I now have a YouTube channel you can visit for more ideas. You can find me there at SugarShine's YouTube Channel. I'll be back soon!

- Janet


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Twist Pop-Up Card for Baby

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I posted but our family have been busy little beavers and I'm sure you're in the same boat!

Today it's my turn to post for CottageCutz and I'm featuring a card that will really wow your recipients! It's called the Twist Pop-Up card and it's an eye catcher.


This card features six dies highlighting all things baby. I've geared it for a girl but of course, you can always change the colors to be gender neutral or boyish.

This card has a surprise when you open it. Describing it isn't adequate so please go to the link below for the video showing how I decorated this fun card base. You'll find the mat measurements in the video's description. 



I've posted another video that shows in detail how to make the card base itself. For those of you who don't have a lot of supplies, I hope you'll check out the card base construction because all you need are scissors, ruler, card stock, glue and some stickers to decorate it. I'm confident you will be able to make this card after you watch it but I will answer any questions you leave for me there to help you if you get stuck. 



Thanks for joining me on this beautiful Sunday morning. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Janet

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Baby Monkey Congratulations Card


Happy Hump Day everyone! It's my turn to post a project using CottageCutz dies. Today I'm celebrating baby using one of the new dies from the CottageCutz baby release! This little fella is such a cutie and is a perfect way to congratulate someone special who has welcomed a new little monkey of their own.

I invite you to visit the video which shows you how I made this card in detail. Also included in the video description are the dimensions for all the pieces I used in this project and links to the products (Disclaimer - I don't earn commissions on CottageCutz die sales).


I used several techniques on this monkey to maximize his cuteness. First I shaded him using brown and black chalks before putting him together. I raised up his paws with foam tape and rounded his tummy before placing a strip of foam tape down his middle to help retain the baby tummy roundness. He demanded some googly eyes and I happily complied! Then his mouth was traced with a black fine-lined marker so his personality could really shine. I also rounded the balloons and attached them with foam tape to the strings. The balloons are part of this monkey set and I know I'll use them for many other projects. It's always nice when a die can be versatile.




Hope you enjoyed this little guy. I'll be posting again for CottageCutz on April 30th but I'm going to try to post a project this weekend. It all depends on how much spring yard work I get done! Take care and see you soon!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Birthday Cupcake - Sizzix Happy Birthday Set


Happy Saturday Crafty Friends! Today I'm posting a project I had a lot of fun with. It features the Sizzix Happy Birthday Cupcake die and stamp set. I really enjoy having stamps to go with dies because they add so much detail. I am not much of an artist when it comes to drawing so the stamps are a welcome help for me.

To see how this card was made and view more close-up photos of this card, please watch the video by clicking below:


As a head's up, I won't be posting next Saturday as I am enjoying spring break with my family. I will be posting next on Wednesday, April 19th and I'll be showing you some more adorable CottageCutz dies. A baby release is coming soon and I can't wait to show you what I've been making with them!

Thanks for spending some time with me today! Until next time, have a great week and keep crafting!

Card Dimensions:
5 x 7 Card Base
Yellow Mat - 4.5" x 6.5"
Blue Mat - 3.75" x 5" 
Purple Mat - 3.5" x 4.75"
Small Blue Vertical Mat - 5" x 1.5"
Pink Mat - 4.75" x 1.25"

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Link to purchase the Sizzix set I used in the video
Link to purchase Sizzix Set

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Envelope Punch Scenic Jar with CottageCutz Trailer


Hi everyone! It’s my day to post for CottageCutz Dies and I’m excited to share my video card creation today featuring the Teardrop Camper, Spring Grass, Stitched Circles and Double-Stitched rectangle dies! 

Be sure to take advantage of the BIG Anniversary Sale. All the dies I used for this card are on sale through Friday. All dies used are 50% off except for the grass which is 25% off. Now is the time to load up on wish list items that are on sale and share your list with family members as a hint for Mother's Day! (Disclosure: I do not earn commissions on sales)

You can click on my video below to see how I made this cute mason jar shaped card but first let me tell you a little more about it. 


The adorable Teardrop Camper is the true star of the show! The details in this die cut are incredible, down to the tiny curtains and awning which for me is my favorite part. To create a little more texture to the die cut, I used an embossing folder to set off the bottom piece of the trailer and I also dry embossed the clouds in the background. I accented them with some white and tinsel mixed embossing powder which gives both a milky white and glittery appearance.


The base card is a 4-bar sized card and it’s created using an envelope punch board. I got the idea from many videos out there showing how to make a jar shape but I made it my own by turning it into a card with the hinge at the top. I further experimented a little and found that I could dry emboss a zig-zag pattern with my embossing board to give the jar lid the illusion that it is screwed on instead of being flat. The round tags were stamped and cut out using the stitched circles dies and the interior piece was cut out with the double-stitched rectangle die. It’s these little touches that makes the card so fun.


I have included the dimensions and supplies in the description of the video so go there to get all the details to make your own scenic jar card with the Teardrop Camper or other CottageCutz dies. There are so many possibilities! Thanks for spending some time today with me. Have a wonderful day!




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